By Samisoni Pareti
However, unpleasant it may sound, the jetset town of Nadi will need to be relocated to an elevated piece of land by 2027. And so as Navua and Labasa.
That’s the word from one of the most esteemed scientists in our part of the ocean, Professor Patrick Nunn of the University of the South Pacific (USP).
In a paper presented at last month’s Pacific round-table on climate change in Samoa, Professor Nunn said between 1890 and 1990, global temperatures rose by an average of 0.5¡C.
But he said between 1990 and 2100, temperatures globally are projected to rise between 1.4¡C and 6.4¡C. The rise in temperature will also see a rise in sea level.
Between the years 1890 to 1990, global sea level, scientists say, rose by an average of 15cm.
For 14 years alone, from 1993 to 2007, sea level rose by another 4.3cm.
And the future projections?
Professor Nunn said from 1990 to 2100, the sea level globally is expected to rise between 20cm and 60cm.